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West Midlands Police Issue Warnings!

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Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

 

Last night the national security state was raised to critical. This means that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

The prime minister also authorised support from the military alongside the police, known as Operation Temperer.

However at this stage there are no plans to deploy military officers in the West Midlands; therefore the public are unlikely to see military personnel on the streets.

Support from the military will instead free up armed officers from certain guarding duties to release officers across the UK to support the wider national response.

As soon as the prime minister made her announcement, we implemented our locally tailored plan, including keeping officers on duty.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, said: “We are flexing our resources and increasing our presence at key sites, such as transport and other crowded places and we continue to review key events and entertainment venues.

“At the moment, there is no plan for military personnel to be deployed in the West Midlands; however the public will notice an increase in the number of armed and unarmed officers.

“While this is a precautionary measure, these highly visible patrols will continue for as long as is needed.

“You would expect us to do everything possible to prevent further attacks and keep you safe.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “I am working with the Chief Constable to ensure that the additional armed resources are integrated into our capabilities to offer increased assurance and protection and protection to the public.

“People should continue to carry on with their lives as normal and not let those who seek to divide us to win. I ask people to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activities to the police.

“West Midlands Police have shown their dedication and commitment in recent days and I’m sure they will continue to do so.”

Please remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour call us.

Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This warning is some thing that we all must take into account, lets all follow West Midlands Police advice especially whilst the warnings remain critical” 

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A Message Sent By West Midlands Police- Terrorism.

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Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

Greater Manchester Police continue with their investigation – at this stage there are no known links between the perpetrator and the West Midlands. We continue to liaise with GMP to establish if there are any victims from our area.

Here in the West Midlands, we are focusing on providing the most appropriate policing response over the coming days. The threat level nationally remains severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Tragic events like last night’s explosion in Manchester remind us that attacks can occur at any time or place without warning.

Everyone needs to be vigilant – be alert, not alarmed. As ever, we ask the public to be our eyes and ears. If something doesn’t feel right, call us. We act on every piece of information, no click or call will be ignored, we will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out.

As we saw last night, terrorists wait for those moments when we’re not looking – that’s why vigilance and awareness of everyone is key to combatting terrorism.

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999, via the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 and online you can click on the red button on the West Midlands Police website to report online terrorist and extremist material.

Locally our West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit continues to work with national security services to keep our region safe. This includes playing a key role in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism in all forms.

It is really important for us all to remember that acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and those people do not represent the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

Looking forward to the weekend, Birmingham plays host to Pride which is a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event and we’re expecting tens of thousands of visitors to the city. This is an annual event with a parade, music and festivities which are enjoyed by many.

I appreciate that people planning to attend may feel a sense of nervousness – I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reassurance that a full policing operation is in place and is subject to ongoing reviews.

We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe – this isn’t only for the Pride event, but also for anyone visiting the city to enjoy all it has to offer.

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Wednesfield North Residents Warned!

Councillor Phil Bateman warned residents of Wednesfield North  – “Beware residents I have received a Police warning relating to ‘Cyber Crooks’ who are looking to use technology to rob you!

Read on and please warn your friends and family of this scam.” here is the warning!

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

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Sympathy and Condolences To The People of Manchester Today.

The horrible news coming out of Manchester will shake every family here in Wednesfield North, as it will shake and shatter families in Manchester and World wide.

I know my constituents here in Wednesfield North in Wolverhampton, will want to join in with me and my fellow Councillors Mary and Rita, as we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to all those individuals and bright lights of this generation who have had their life snuffed out by this diabolical act of terrorism.

Manchester will grieve for them as will every community in the UK and further. But terrorism will not destroy Manchester, nor will its actions blunt the resolve and the determination to see our laws upheld, and our life styles continue.

We must all stand strong and continue our every day lives, help the police and the front line services do their job, and stand full square with Manchester on this sad and disastrous day.

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A Very Barmy Police Idea!

There are times when as a Labour Party member I scratch my head and wonder. This is one of those times.

Now I have first hand knowledge what this Conservative Government are doing for public service. I know how much damage they are reaping with regards to loss of services, cutting back Social Care, Under funding the NHS, ripping out Youth service funding and on top of that reducing our Police by 20,000 staff.

But I find it incredible to read that our own Crime Commissioner and the hierarchy in West Midlands Police are planning a ‘self service crime reporting policy?!’
Its incredible but West Midlands Police is planning to introduce “self-service” online reporting of “less serious” crimes, such as criminal damage or shoplifting, as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said people would “always be able to speak to the police”, but the plans would offer “greater choice”. However, Police Federation chairman Steve White described the proposal as “barmy”, adding: “Relying on victims of crime to do their own investigations is ridiculous”.

I fully agree with the Police Federation on this one…..It is a barmy notion, but it shows how badly stretched our Police Force is.

Anyone trying to report a crime will have experienced the hopeless 101 telephone service, and I have had stacks of local people tell me that they have reported crime, yet have had none or little response. Some people do not report minor crime, so what happens the statistics start getting miscued.

If you believe in having a fully operational well resourced Police Force, you have the chance to vote for one on June 8th, in the General Election.

With this article you can see what is coming down the road, a very broken thin blue line if the Conservatives get in again!

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Wednesfield Parents Beware!

WEDNESFIELD PARENTS BEWARE!

 

There have been two incidents of a white male in his 20’s to 30’s driving a BMW X1 approaching lone school girls and attempting to engage them in conversation. The two incidents thus far have occurred in Walsall and the targets have been senior school girls. If anything is seen please inform the local police on 101 or 999 if there is an immediate risk.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “ Parents please be aware, speak to your kids, warn them of this, and If you do know anything contact the Police now…..”

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Ashmore Park Co-Op Ram Raided!

I want anyone who knows about this raid to tell the Police…In the early hours of Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 1:30am, Co-Op Grocery Store on Griffiths Drive, Ashmore Park, Wednesfield was ram raided and a large quantity of cigarettes; estimated to be worth over £10,000 were stolen.

The attack was carried out by 5 offenders who used a white Ford Transit van to ram the shop windows and then escape in. We are asking for anybody with any information regarding the burglary to contact West Midlands Police on 101. Information can be provided anonymously to police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and online www.crimestoppers-uk.org If you know of anybody that has a large quantity of cigarettes they are trying to sell or distribute please also contact with as much information as this may be related to this offence or similar offences in the region

Killing Waterfowl – “Unable to identify the offenders.”

Recently I informed our community about a small group who were on the Wyrley & Essington Canal near Devil’s Elbow Bridge and were killing waterfowls with catapults. The latest situation is that the Police have been IMG_1222, however they are still very keen to receive any intelligence that our community may jave with regards to this particular incident.

There is a positive and that is the Police are mounting extensive high vis patrols.

Clearly all of us in our community hope this particular incident was an isolated one. I am encouraged by the fact that the Police have confirmed to me that they “are maintaining our patrols in the hope we can catch the persons responsible.”

I also raised this matter in a ‘face to face’ with the police when I attended the recent Wednesfield PACT meeting over this weekend. Please Wednesfield, do your best and inform the Police via 101 if you have any information or you see something suspicious taking place along this canal.

Police Informed As Water Fowl Are Targeted!

photo 2 Wednesfield CanalRecently on the Wyrley & Essington canal members of the public witnessed a very callous act when a group of individuals were killing water fowl, this time with catapults. Local residents that contacted me described it as a ‘Duck Massacre’.

This is a very worry some incident, and not for the first time has this happened on the canal in Wednesfield. I contacted the police about the public concerns.

The Police have told me that “regarding your query on Wild life crime, part of the “Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981” gives protection to wild birds and certain wild animals; in this case ducks are covered in this Act. Although illegal to kill or injure the ducks it is not a criminal offence, this act is covered by civil law, as such the Police do not record these events in any form of criminal investigation.

This information was a surprise to me, but nevertheless it is important to know. The advice I would give is that if someone witnesses this happening, then yes they should be calling Police on 101, as we can assist in identifying the persons responsible if they are found on the scene and it is also a danger to other people if persons are using catapults etc. It is integral that we report these matters to the RSPB, they have an online form to report this and they have the power to enforce this law.

“ The Police go onto assure me that with regards to this particular incident they have been to the witnesses and spoke with them about the incident. The Police tell me that they are to continue their patrols of the canal and increase visibility in the area.

I for my part remain very distressed that on the cusp of the canal getting official recognition as a Local Wildlife Reserve for the diversity of wildlife it has, that such an act could happen. Please if you see anyone with nets, guns, or catapults on the Wyrley and Essington canal….please report it to the Police.

Wednesfield Residents Beware!

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Action 17 Police LampFraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.

After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.

After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.

How to protect yourself:

  • If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
  • The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
  • The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk